Sacred Plates and Cloud Paintings, 2018
Wood, unprimed canvas, seven voices, single channel audio, composition for septet choir, 240cmx180cm, 120cmx180cm.
Mould, Monument, Voice, 2018,
These works endeavour to give form to the invisible forest of the voice. A network of co-dependant structures that sing of the many voices contained within the one. Tina Stefanou creates livings sculptures and singing paintings that speak to the dissolving of the individual. The works blur, blend and provide a voice for the moment to create its own meaningful matrix. Compression, composition, construction, imprinting and poetry give form to the works. Like the mould, the voice is a material, medium and technology for remembering, labouring, transforming, and informing the social-economic landscape. Whilst the mould and voice support the gravity of the material, it also assumes its own critical and emotional significance. The sound of the human voice originated from phenomena within the landscape, signifying the mysterious undercurrents of the ways we engage with the world and with each other. Seven voices take the form of metaphorical clouds that move together and are never static. Like the plates, these temporary constellations are on the edge, ready to fall, smash and echo. The vocal clouds and the environment create reactions to trigger one another into acting out their parts in a play directed by coincidence. The artist seeks to perform cultural and imagined stories through voice, paintings, sculpture and performance, acting in unison to reflect a totality of experiential knowledge as felt through the ideas of origin and states of being-ness. The artist can never comprehend the totality of the work. She takes part in the field of tension between the visual parameters and the vocals, which allows the materials and composition to co-author the work.